95% UK gear, 5% Florida gear: Pretty fair representation of the odds on this one.
Happy Karl Towns, Jr. Day! If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right? My superstition might be the death of me, but after 4/4, I can’t stop. You’ll understand, I hope.
In just one hour from now, 2015’s top recruit will announce his college decision, which most everybody seems to think will be the Cats. Seriously, I don’t know anybody who thinks other schools have much of a chance. According to Zagsblog, “all signs point to Kentucky.” And that’s just the way we like it.
There hasn’t been a Kentucky lean quite this strong since James Young, who never really expressed significant interest in other teams before popping for the Cats earlier this season. In fact, most folks have just been waiting for Towns to make it official, after playing for Calipari on the Dominican National Team this summer. He also visited campus recently to watch the LIU Brooklyn game, and even has a solid relationship with another Calipari: Brad. Just check out this video of the two high schoolers having a little fun in the Craft Center.
The pickup will be Cal’s first in a few weeks, after signing PF Marcus Lee, and it couldn’t come at a better time, as fans need something of a pick-me-up after falling out of the AP Top 25. And, apart from March Madness, nothing gets BBN feeling quite as good as nabbing a top recruit. And the 6’11” Towns is just that: the top guy in 2015. In case you’ve forgotten, or never seen why, take a look:
Unlike Anthony Davis, who had to get used to playing in a big man’s body, Towns has all the time in the world to get used to it. And it looks like he’s doing just fine. Showing great agility and vision, he can move around the post and pass out of double teams like it’s his job. Which, I mean technically I guess it is. Or will be. Either way, he’s already developed a great offensive skill set, and has the length and athleticism to be great defensively, too. According to his AAU coach, “you can build a program around him.”
Towns has considered reclassifying to 2014, but hasn’t made that call yet. There’s still plenty of time for him to decide, so should he pick the Cats, we’ll see whether we’ll get him in two years or three. Either way, he’d be a tremendous cornerstone upon which to build yet another #1 class.
We’ll keep you updated with info as soon as we get it, but there’s no reason to think this one will be a nail-biter. Consider the young phenom as much a lock as recruits can be these days. There’s nothing not to like about this kid, so I look forward to having him knock Stoops out of the “Newest Member of the BBN” position.
One hour, folks.